inspiration

[ in-spuh-rey-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF inspiration
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In the instant of reply, Dick Gilder, by some inspiration of love, changed his attitude.

A combination of crocuses and snow on the ground had given her an inspiration for a gown.

But at that moment an inspiration came to lighten the gloom.

Like an inspiration it came to the girl what had affected her so disagreeably in Crane—it was his eyes.

Every way I look I can see a golden-flame tongue of inspiration burning.

From such employment the future Ahkund received his inspiration.

Ambition, selfishness, and the love of success, were alike his inspiration and his ruin.

She was his inspiration, yet he never spoke of love to Margaret.

Regarding the idea as an inspiration, I carried it out scientifically.

This was done; and I was proud of the inspiration, with the pride that comes before a fall.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration," from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Literal sense "act of inhaling" attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.

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